2022 population estimates place Idaho second in the nation for percent growth

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Idaho’s July 2022 population at 1,939,033, an increase of 1.8% from July 2021, ranking it second nationally in percentage growth. Idaho grew about four times faster than the national growth rate of 0.4%.

The new Census estimate shows Idaho’s population growth is slowing down to 2016 levels, falling below its five-year average growth rate of 2.3%. For the first time in five years, the state was not in the top spot for new residents.

Florida outpaced all 50 states and the District of Columbia adding 416,754 new residents — up 1.9%.

Numerically, Idaho is 10th in the nation for its population increase of 34,719 people. In 2021 the state ranked ninth in the nation and swelled by more than 50,000 people.

Idaho’s net in-migration accounted for about 88% of its growth from 2021, while natural change — when births outnumber deaths — accounted for approximately 11%. Net international in-migration more than tripled in Idaho compared with 2021, a trend across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Census Bureau analysts speculate the loosening of COVID-19-related travel restrictions allowed for more international migration. Still, immigrants from other countries accounted for only 5% of Idaho’s population growth at fewer than 2,000 people.

The U.S. population increased by three-tenths of a point in 2022 and grew faster than in 2021, which is considered a year of record low growth. This national population gain was driven by a rebound in net international in-migration of 168.8%. These gains moved the total number of new immigrants and new babies added to the U.S. population above 1 million people, compared with fewer than 400,000 in 2021.

Births outweighing deaths were prevalent in 26 states, while 18 states experienced a population decline. Idaho ranked 16th in the number of babies born over deaths, compared to its No. 10 rank in new residents overall.

Idaho’s 2021 estimate was revised with this release, reflecting an uptick of 3,391 new residents — up 3% compared to the 2021 forecast of 2.9%.

Population estimates for 2022 will be released next spring for metropolitan statistical areas, counties and cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The full release report can be found at https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2022/2022-population-estimates.html.

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